a blog by Ellen Davies

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Home remedies for the common cold

Home remedies for the common cold

Ah, the common cold. Recently I came down with a bad one, and it got me thinking about home remedies. Here are the things I do when I feel a cold coming on. These are in no way intended to be a substitute for a […]

An update on my swimming progress

An update on my swimming progress

Interested in an update on my swimming progress? A few weeks ago I wrote a post on how I was trying a new form of exercise: swimming. I bet you’re wondering if I stuck with it.   Last Thursday was my first day back in […]

We are all one: helping those in need after Hurricane Harvey

We are all one: helping those in need after Hurricane Harvey

The floods in Houston after Hurricane Harvey are devastating. I feel helpless, because there are so many people suffering. What I can do, however is pray, and I offer a prayer at the end of this post. I can also donate to organizations such as […]

My blog has a new look

My blog has a new look

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may have noticed that my blog has a new look. I’m including more graphics, and even some GIFs. You may notice the box in the sidebar that invites you to sign up for my mailing list, […]

Friday favorites: Seinfeldia

Friday favorites: Seinfeldia

True confession: We watch Seinfeld re-runs almost every night. For years we’ve been doing this. And every time we laugh–even when we know exactly what’s going to happen. Serenity now! Yada yada yada. Master of my domain. Costanza–can’t stand ya. Kenny Rogers Roasters. They’re real, […]

Mason jars and water bottles

Mason jars and water bottles

I was at a yoga teacher training over the weekend in Philadelphia, and I learned that, alas, I continue to be tragically unhip. Apparently all the cool kids are now using Mason jars as water bottles. I am baffled by this. I understand that there is […]

A response to violence: Let there be peace on earth

A response to violence: Let there be peace on earth

The events in Charlottesville last weekend hit pretty close to home for me. My mother lives there, and my nephew is about to start his freshman year at the university. (Thankfully my mother and her husband were nowhere near Saturday’s riots.) How do we respond […]

Emotional eating

Emotional eating

It happened just the other night. A container of caramel gelato, about half-full. I was only going to have one or two bites, just because I was craving something sweet, because I was angry and upset, and I needed something. What I needed wasn’t food, […]

Naturalization ceremony

Naturalization ceremony

Today I attended a Naturalization Ceremony at the courthouse in West Chester. Twenty-one people from 14 different countries became United States citizens. I was there with the Chester County Chorale Society, and we sang the national anthem plus a medley of three patriotic songs: “My […]

Weekend movies: In Her Shoes

Weekend movies: In Her Shoes

  Looking for a good movie to rent this weekend? “In Her Shoes.” One of my favorite writers is Jennifer Weiner, and this movie is based on her second novel. It bombed at the box office (back in 2005), probably because it doesn’t fit into […]